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CBUAE issues new Guidance on AML/CFT for licensed FIs on the use of digital ID for CDD

The Guidance will aid licensed FIs in evaluating risks and carrying out their legal AML/CFT requirements effectively, while considering the standards of the FATF. It covers identity verification, enrollment, and authentication methods with respect to LFIs’ usage of digital ID...
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FINRA’s 2023 Report on Examination and Risk Monitoring Program

The Report introduces a new Financial Crimes section, consisting of three topics - AML, Fraud and Sanctions; Cybersecurity and Technological Governance; and Manipulative Trading that highlight FINRA’s increased focus on protecting investors and safeguarding...
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UNODC Myanmar Opium Survey 2022

Myanmar’s farmers are flocking back to opium poppy cultivation amid rising prices for the contraband crop and an economic nosedive that’s wiping out jobs, reversing nearly a decade of declines, according to the latest data from the United Nations...
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Methods of laundering money from corruption by PEP using international fund transfers

An examination of international money laundering case studies reveals 5 main methods of laundering the proceeds of corruption. These methods illustrate how public officials use similar money laundering methods as those used by organised crime groups...  
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HM Treasury releases Supervision Report 2020-22 on AML/CFT

The report fulfils the Treasury’s obligation under the MLRs to ask all designated AML/CTF supervisors to provide information on their supervisory activity and publish a consolidated review of this information. The Treasury appoints supervisors...
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South Africa passes two key pieces of legislation to prevent greylisting by FATF

The house of parliament have passed two significant pieces of legislation in efforts to tighten the country’s laws on ML, corruption, and terrorism. The primary laws of the AML and CFT amendment bill and the protection of consultation democracy against terrorism will...
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BIS publishes global standards on prudential treatment of cryptoasset exposures

The report introduces the final standard structure for banks regarding exposure to digital assets, including tokenized traditional assets, stablecoins and unbacked cryptocurrencies, as well as feedback from stakeholders collected in a consultation launched in...
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FinCEN proposes rulemaking on access to beneficial ownership information

The proposed regulations specify how govt officials would access beneficial ownership information to support law enforcement, national security, and intelligence activities. They also describe how certain financial institutions and their regulators would access...
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NCA publishes SARs in Action – Issue 18

The NCA highlights the usefulness of SARs and how they contribute in the fight against different types of serious and organised crime. It covers information and guidance for anyone submitting a SAR relating to individuals who are vulnerable or where welfare concerns are...
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AUSTRAC releases Australia’s first national proliferation financing risk assessment

The results of this assessment have found that Australia is primarily targeted by state-based or linked procurement networks that wish to exploit a range of sectors to export restricted, sensitive or dual-use goods and knowledge. Procurement networks targeting Australia ...
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UK Parliament approves section 339A(7) of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002(1)

The Proceeds of Crime Order increased the threshold amount from £250 to £1,000 as specified in section 339A of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (c. 29) (“POCA”). The threshold amount is the value of criminal property below which a bank or similar firm...
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EU Commission publishes Fifth Progress Report on the implementation of the EU Security Union Strategy

The report shows that significant steps have been made in strengthening the protection of critical infrastructures from physical, cyber and hybrid attacks, in fighting terrorism and radicalisation, as well as in the fight against organised crime. Information on travellers has helped...
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